Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review: Stormwalker (Stormwalker #1)

"When lightning strikes, passion ignites..."

Stormwalker, by Allyson James, is the first novel in the Stormwalker series. It takes place in Arizona near the Death Valley region. Half-Navajo Janet Begay is a Stormwalker who is capable of controlling the raw elemental power of stormy weather. Its power is so immense that sometimes it threatens to overwhelm her. Felt like an outcast in her own family, her escape was her prized motorcycle, chasing the storms and finding the truth about her mother's death. When she meets Mick, a dark-haired, blue-eyed muscular hiker, she discovers that he can absorb and calm down the power raging inside her. Eventually, she falls in love with him, and both explore new depths of sex and passion that reach unimaginable levels.

After traveling the country, Janet returns to Arizona to settle and establish a hotel business in the desert town of Magellan (Hopi County). She receives a request to investigate the disappearance of the police chief's daughter. Unfortunately, the barren land is full of vortexes, gateways that connect the human world with the mystical realm of Beneath. It is also where Janet's evil mother lays trapped and ready to escape. After encountering skin-walkers and discovering more deadly mysteries, Janet receives assistance from unexpected allies: a shape-shifting coyote god; a talking magic mirror; Nash, the law-abiding sherff who can't wait to arrest her; and her boyfriend, Mick, whose true identity still remains unknown to her. Mick can control fire, and Nash can absorb any form of magic without breaking a sweat.

Ultimately, Janet must trust her friends when she ventures into a land where no human has survived alone. She must also decide in which world does her happiness exist. She is about to face the greatest danger ever: defeating her mother.

I stumbled across the Stormwalker series when I finished a novella by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series). The Janet Begay character seemed interesting and similar to another Native American-based fantasy series (Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs). I have also visited Arizona, and desert scenery can be beautiful and mystical. I am always excited to explore different characters in their respective environments to expand my knowledge about and appreciation of the supernatural.

Overall, I am glad I took a chance on this novel. Janet is a strong, beautiful girl who wants to find acceptance and peace with her own powers. The main cast seems fresh and intriguing. The action was excellent, and the sexual scenes were not over-done. There are many twists and angles that smoothly fit together like a puzzle near the end. I definitely look forward to reading more novels in this riveting series.

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Stormwalker series, Firewalker

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